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Run Oregon is Kickin’ It In Under Armour HOVR Phantom 2

There are many corners a runner can cut when it comes to workout gear.. cheaper shirts, uglier shorts, and maybe even some inexpensive accessories. But not the shoes. Never the shoes. And with so many options available, so many choices in not only brand but style, it’s hard to know where to start.

Under Armour, as I’ve mentioned in several other reviews, has made great strides in every way in regard to running gear and shoes in the last few years. I’ve always liked the look of their products, but the functionality has been excellent as well. I’ve seen a lot of press recently advertising their new UA HOVR™ Phantom 2 shoes and I was absolutely thrilled to take them for a spin. These shoes are made and marketed for runners. As you can with other Under Armour shoes, you can download the UA MapMyRun™ app and connect to a chip in your shoe that will give you access to coaching and training plans. These shoes are the latest in both technology and comfort. They look cool too, if that matters. And let’s face it, it does.

The new sock-like fit shoes seem to be trending, and I’m a fan. They hug the ankle and feel secure and breathable like a cozy slipper. They must do it in the right way however, so as feel both stable and also “disappear” during a run and feel like an extension of your foot. The UA HOVR™ technology will do exactly that, with it’s “zero gravity feel” that gives you spring in your step. The SpeedForm® 2.0 sockliner and the flat knit upper will give you the breathability you want and ample stretch. As we all know, it’s better to give than to receive, and the UA HOVR™ knows the rules. The UA HOVR™ Foam + Energy Web compression mesh material with give you back the energy you put in.

The shoes arrived at my door with two shoelace color choices, and I chose the black over the white to stand out among the bright white of the shoe. I loved that the tongue was integrated as a part of the shoe and the “marshmallowy” feel of them on my feet was not a bad thing in the least. I knew immediately that these were the shoes I could put on for a run and keep on my feet for the various errands I often have on my plate afterwards.

The shoes felt like a dream! They were cushy but supportive and tight where they needed to be but not overly narrow. I have a wide footbed so some shoes don’t feel comfortable, but this was not a problem with the HOVRs. I generally get my running shoes one size larger than my regular every day shoes, and I did this with the UA shoes with no issues.

I will say that I think the choice of a good sock is key with a sock-like shoe, as a no-show style might not feel great under the sockliner. My socks were a tad on the short side the first time I tried the shoes, and after about 30 minutes, my ankles felt a bit itchy, for lack of a better description. However, the next time I wore the shoes with a slightly longer sock, everything felt perfect.

I have yet to test the UA HOVR shoes on a run longer than 5 miles, as I tend to ease into new styles to avoid injuries. So far, I’ve had no hot spots, chafing, blistering, or issues, so I will continue to take them further as I go. For now, they are great for runs around the neighborhood and for cross training.

In my opinion, Under Armour has done it again .. Created a great all-around product that is both stylish and efficient.

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Specs (from website):

  • CONNECTS TO UA MAPMYRUN™: tracks & analyzes your running metrics to help make you a better runner
  • UA HOVR™ technology provides ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact
  • Compression mesh Energy Web contains & molds UA HOVR™ foam to give back the energy you put in
  • Engineered flat knit upper for zonal stretch & support where you need it with a sock-like fit & feel
  • Molded midfoot panel for added structure & plush interior cushioning
  • Ultra-breathable, SpeedForm® 2.0 sockliner provides softer underfoot support
  • Full rubber outsole features unique knobbed texture for elevated traction & durability
  • External heel counter creates the ultimate in stable support
  • Offset: 9mm
  • Weight: 9.24 oz.
  • Imported

More about UNDER ARMOUR:

OUR VALUES DEFINE US. UNITE US.

These beliefs are the red thread that connects everyone at Under Armour—to the brand, our customers, athletes, and teammates. Never just words on a page or splashed across a screen, our values are rallying cries. Reminding us why we’re here, fueling everything we do.

  • LOVE ATHLETES. Make things that make them legendary. Athletes are our consumers, from the best of the best to the ones just getting started. The reason we get up every morning is to make things they can’t live without. They want to go beyond the next level and we’re going to take them there.
  • STAND FOR EQUALITY. United we win. The power of sport is fueled by every race, nationality, gender, orientation, and creed you can imagine all over the world. We’re proud advocates for equality, justice, and opportunity for all. Together we will be a force for good.
  • FIGHT ON TOGETHER. Adversity fuels victory. We will fight for each other and the communities we represent as a team. And we’ll never quit, because we know adversity only makes us stronger, and strength leads to victory that is oh so sweet.
  • CREATE FEARLESSLY. Dare to lead. Never follow. We’ve never been good at follow the leader. From day one, we’ve had the courage to defy convention, think boldly, and dictate the tempo. We don’t chase culture, we create it. And we’re not going to stop now. We’re just getting started.
  • ALWAYS CONNECT. Live at the center of the consumer’s life. All day, every day. Our connection to the athletes we serve is what sets us apart. Face to face, digitally, in competition, and in training, Under Armour shows up wherever athletes live, work, and play. And we show up big.
  • STAY TRUE. Completely honest. Perfectly imperfect. The only way we know how to be is transparent. You see our triumphs and our shortcomings. That’s okay because our willingness to show our imperfections helps us learn and grow as a team.
  • THINK BEYOND. Better athletes in a better world. Here’s the future we want to see: the best performance imaginable on the cleanest Earth possible. That’s why we’re working to create innovations that fix the problems athletes don’t even know they have in the most ethical, efficient, and sustainable ways we can. This planet is our home field. It’s the only one we’ve got…and we’re going to protect it.
  • CELEBRATE THE WINDS. Take time to take pride. We’re a brand built on what’s next. But it’s the victories—big, small, and everything in between—that bring us together as a team. We’re never afraid to celebrate our accomplishments and have a little fun. Because at Under Armour, every win is a team win.

Thank you to Under Armour for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Nikki Mueller (516 Articles)
I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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